Saturday, June 04, 2011

Drawing Day 2011

I knew today was Drawing Day and I did want to make some time to create something.  The day was very busy so it wasn't until late this afternoon before I could.

This is a pen and ink piece of a small river close by, done with Kohinoor Nexus Studio pens in a Daler Rowney recycled sketchbook.  I was out on several errands and again to take some photos and decided to stop along the way to make time for this.

One of my stops, as usual, was Middle Cove beach and after wandering the beach for awhile I spotted this harp seal basking on an outcrop of rock near the shoreline.  The seal blends so well with the kelp and rock I hadn't noticed it at first.  Aside from raising its head now and then to check for intruders, it enjoyed its land nap in the warm sunshine.  Click the image to see the larger version.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Caustic reflections

At last back in the studio and trying to take up where I left off on a painting I had started about 10 days ago.  Its easy to get out of the discipline of daily drawing and painting and it can easily be the death of an artist.  I did sketch while I was away, but its not the same as getting my teeth into something more substantial.  Of course then, faced with the 'something more substantial' its a bit of a challenge to wrap my mind around it, but here I am again, brush in hand figuring out where to go next.

The concept for this painting is the hull of a boat with the reflected light from the water.  These lines of light are called caustic reflections ,which are reflected light from the undulating surface of water.  The multiple movements of the water surface breaks the reflections into the lines commonly seen on boat hulls or docks.  The same reflections occur with many reflections in shallow water and on metal surfaces.

This painting is in acrylic on a 30 x 40 gallery canvas.  I'm working on getting the canvas covered in first layers and putting loose values and placement of shapes right now. It looks more like a landscape at this stage I think and I am always a bit hesitant about posting such an early stage of the painting.  Its so different from the vision in my head but all part of the process.  Lots to do on it yet and hopefully some time this weekend to make progress.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Interactive art


One of my treats while away was to spend some time with my daughter and grand daughter.  She's four now and its interesting to see how children explore the world and how interactive everything is.  It reminded me of how much of that we lose as adults and how much we need to strive to keep that as artists.

These thoughts formed as I watched her interact with the world and the pleasure she got from art both 2D and 3D.
  • Take time to see what is in front of you.  Up close.
  • Don't be afraid to touch something, climb on it, taste it.
  • Embrace colour
  • Concentrate
  • Go outside the lines
  • Little details count
  • Pancakes have potential for sculpture
Now that I'm home again and getting back on track, I'll revisit what's in the studio and should have a sneak preview of a new painting tomorrow or the next day.